9 Delicious Ideas for Serving Pie at Your Wedding

Whoever said that a wedding had to have a wedding cake? For a more rustic, unique, and (dare we say) delicious dessert table[1], try serving pie at your wedding, instead. These fruit-filled confections aren’t just for backyard BBQs and picnics in the park these days! Pies can by nature skew a bit more rustic in look and feel, which is beyond perfect for a laid-back barn wedding[2] or a garden party. But dressed up on a well-decorated display, pie can hold its own next to the fanciest of desserts at a black-tie affair.

You can choose to either swap out a traditional wedding cake[3] entirely or add mini pies as a supplement to other small treats throughout the reception. (Trust us, people will be happy either way.) With so many varieties out there—from light and airy meringues to sweet berry blends—a table filled with pies is a hands-down crowd pleaser. For the ultimate in dessert-table variety, open up your selection to the larger pie family, which includes tarts (shallow desserts with only a bottom crust) and galettes (free-form pastries that wrap around a gooey fruit filling).

Because pies are a more “everyday” dessert than a fancy wedding cake, it’s likely that someone in your family has passed down a treasured recipe or two over the years. Make sure those pie varieties make it into the mix and let guests reminisce as they indulge. Or for a DIY dessert experience, set up a station with pre-baked mini tart shells, fruit compotes, berries, and freshly whipped cream, so guests can create their own pies personalized to their tastes.

For more sweet-as-pie ideas for serving pie at your wedding, browse below.

Photo by James Katsipis

“Matt and I both have an affinity for key-lime pie, so we skipped the wedding cake and instead served 25 (!!) pies, one for each table,” says the bride at this Montauk wedding[4].

Chances are, most of your pies are going to be round and have some kind of textured topping, which can look a little repetitive. Mix it up by displaying them on stands in varying sizes, with heights ranging from platters that are flush to the table to higher and more dramatic cake stands. Throw in a few simple flower arrangements[5] to bring color and texture to the spread, or utilize fun and unexpected elements like this unique faux-bakeshop backdrop.

Photo by Michelle Scott Photography

The only thing better than a delicious slice of pie is a delicious tiny pie that you can take with you as a wedding favor[6]. Personalize the gift box with your new married monogram and include a small thank-you note[7]. Don’t forget a fork; the pie might not make it past the car ride home.

Photo by Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

Slice up pieces of pie on pretty vintage plates for an Insta-worthy shot at your reception. This couple[8] offered an array of flavors of pie at their celebration, in addition to their traditional tiered wedding cake.

Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner? It’s your wedding, after all! A mini pie at each place setting is the perfect vehicle to hold a simple calligraphed name or a sweet note from you and your beau.

Photo by Anna Page Photography

Not all of your guests may be pie people, so it's always a good idea to give them other dessert options, too. This couple served a chocolate malt cake and a vanilla custard in addition to their apple pie.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli

At their fall wedding[9], this couple served up a serious pie spread that was perfect for the season. Flavors ranged from banberry (banana cream topped with fresh strawberries) to Earl Grey tea.

Photo by Liz Banfield

You can't go wrong with a classic! We love this apple pie display that looks like it's ready for spring.

Photo by Jasmine Lee Photography

Since neither the bride nor the groom is particularly fond of cake, they decided to skip the traditional dessert and serve something they love instead: pie! At their wedding in Yosemite National Park[10], guests enjoyed slices of peach, berry, apple, and rhubarb pie from a local farm.

See more: 23 Creative Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas[11]


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This Is What American Weddings Look Like Today

Settle in, everyone—it’s time to talk weddings! Okay, we know what you’re thinking: When isn’t it time to talk weddings here at Brides? But today, our annual Brides American Wedding Study 2018 has finally arrived, revealing everything you ever wanted to know about the cost, trends, and planning[1] of weddings in America today. Ready to see how your nuptials measure up?

Over the past year, we polled hundreds of engaged and newly married women, discovering the average wedding budgets and favorite trends of real brides. What’s the cost of the average wedding in 2018? What’s the most popular time of year to say “I do?” And who the heck pays for everything[2]? The results are pretty surprising, TBH, and they reveal some key details you should definitely consider while planning your own big day.

For example, the study reveals that more brides have been ditching tradition as of late, choosing to rock modern two-piece ensembles or funky jumpsuits in lieu of traditional white wedding dresses.[3] The use of social media is also on the rise, with 94 percent of brides incorporating technology into their big day. Brides are also saying farewell to the heat of summer weddings. With fall weddings[4] on the rise, couples are opting to tie the knot in September and October instead.

Want to know more? Read on below! Want to know how many bridesmaids a bride decides to have, or the average cost of a celebration? Here’s what a wedding today looks like.


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The Ultimate Guide to the Wedding Budget: How to Allocate Your Funds and Tricks to Stay on Track

Breaking down your wedding budget[1] is one of the trickiest (yet most important) wedding planning tasks. Since creating this figure influences all of your other decisions—venue, guest list, which meal options to select, and if you can spring for that pricey DJ—it's essential you select this figure correctly. No matter your starting number, think about dividing your budget in terms of “for you” and “for them,” says Alicia Fritz of A Day in May Events in Traverse City, Michigan. “A budget begins with a guest list that informs most of your costs. Be prepared to spend the most (around 40 percent) on taking care of guests’ basic needs—that's venue, food, and beverage." The remaining amount includes fixed costs like your photographer, videographer, and entertainment. Then, there's the more logistical and arbitrary stuff—transportation, labor, lighting, stationery, and anything else you’ve deemed essential in the mix.

According to the Brides American Wedding Survey from 2018, the average wedding costs approximately $44,105 and has about 167 guests. (Note: Hiring a wedding planner[2]? A day-of coordinator can charge $1,500 and up, while an event designer will cost around 10 percent of your budget.) Use the handy guide below as a rough outline for spending breakdowns and adjust according to your priorities.

Venue and Catering: 40 percent of your budget

Photography and Videography: 15 percent of your budget

Wedding Attire and Beauty: 5 percent of your budget

Music/Entertainment: 10 percent of your budget

Flowers: 10 percent of your budget

Favors and Gifts: 2 percent of your budget

Transportation: 3 percent of your budget

Stationery: 3 percent of your budget

Cake: 2 percent of your budget

Decor: 10 percent of your budget

And keep these questions in mind: Is your dream venue[3] (or that dress, or imported peonies, or whatever is currently weighing on your mind) nonnegotiable for you? If it will put you over budget, cut down in another area that matters less to you. And if it isn't a deal breaker, then find another pick that you're sure to love just as much.

See More: Why Wedding Budget Calculators Don’t Work—And How to Do It Yourself[4]

To track your spending every step of the way, do what wedding planners do and create an Excel workbook or Google Doc.

Here are the important elements to include:

Down the side of your document, break each category into its component's costs. For example, under "Bride's attire," make line items for the dress, accessories, and alterations.

Fill in columns with essential information. Every spreadsheet should include vendor contract information, estimated cost, actual cost, additional service fees[5], and tips, transportation and parking costs for off-site vendors, and taxes. Create a line for your grand total, and use the auto-sum function to add things up as you go.

A version of this story originally appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Brides, on stands starting December 18.


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The 50 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes

There are few things we appreciate more than a decadent wedding cake[1]—both in taste and style. Dessert trends come and go, but nothing takes the place of a delicious cake that satisfies more than one of your senses. That said, we’ve rounded up 50 gorgeous cakes that promise to do just that.

Our favorite kind of wedding cake is the kind that makes a statement by adding to your wedding decor[2]. For bohemian brides, we’re loving delicate flower wreaths, organically placed leafy vines, or anything with an earthy feel. If your style is more contemporary[3], a sleek, smooth finish and geometric details, such as a repeated tile pattern, hexagonal tiers, or triangular adornments, will always do the trick. If you’re more of a classic bride, traditional white isn’t your only option; hand-painted florals, watercolors, and subtle ruffles all evoke a timeless touch. And no matter the cake style, gilded accents and metallic foil always add a hint of glam and a dash of chic, while greenery, whether a topper of eucalyptus, cascading foliage, or wreath of ferns, brings organic[4] beauty.

If your reception is outdoors, take inspiration from your surroundings. A festoon of fresh blooms is a natural way to infuse some garden whimsy, fondant oyster shells and watercolor blues bring in some coastal charm, and semi-naked cakes take cues from the naturalistic elegance of the woods. The seasons can also serve as a solid source of inspiration[5]: Light pastel flowers are a standard for some springtime flair, fresh greenery or citrus serves up some summertime whimsy, rich, moody hues are ideal for an autumn affair, and icy blue and white details mirror the coolness of a winter wedding[6].

See more: Go Bare: 39 Naked Wedding Cakes[7]

No matter your taste (literally and figuratively), we’ve got a cake for every wedding style. Which one is your favorite?


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